Canada Council appoints Aboriginal Arts Co-ordinator

19 March 2002, Canada

The Canada Council for the Arts has announced that Louise Profeit-LeBlanc will take up the position of Aboriginal Arts Co-ordinator on 6 May this year. A member of the Nacho Ny’ak Dan First Nation, Profeit-LeBlanc’s professional career spans the establishment of Yukon arts organisations and festivals, as well as writing scripts for children’s videos depicting Yukon mythology and curriculum development of Yukon mythology for schools. Her poems and short stories have been widely published in national literary magazines, and Profeit-Leblanc also paints, beads and produces birch baskets. A co-founder of the Yukon International Storytelling Festival and the Society of Yukon Artists of Native Ancestry, Profeit-LeBlanc will continue her close association with Aboriginal arts communities by being the Council’s key point of contact with First Nations, Metis and Inuit artists and communities. Her role as Aboriginal Arts Co-ordinator is to provide policy, budgetary and grants recommendations on programs aimed at Aboriginal artists.